10 Apps You’ll Need to Get Through College
November 22, 2016
Are you a college student looking for the best apps to help you get through this expensive and stressful period of your life? If so, you’ve come to the right place as we’ve taken the liberty of sorting through the marketplace and pulling out those that’ll be the most useful for you going forward!
Students need a lot of things, with money being the most needed. However, most have less than they would like, even if they work nights and weekends to support themselves. The apps listed here will help you keep track of your busy schedule, provide some free assistance and relieve a little bit of that stress you’re feeling, and overall make your life just plain easier.
10 Apps You’ll Need to Get Through College:
The overall best app that you’ll need to make your college years that much easier is BenchPrep. While not strictly an Android or iOS application, BenchPrep boasts itself as being the “world’s leading test prep platform” and includes comprehensive courses including the ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, SAT, and AP exams.
BenchPrep offers additional features to ensure you get the most out of the material like personalized learning pathways, cross-device support, games, flashcards, leaderboards, cloud storage, automated notifications, and much more.
StudyBlue has been around for a while now and established a reputation for educational resources and study materials that can be shared among your peers, making it a must-have for anyone currently pursing a degree.
The primary attraction of StudyBlue is their interactive flashcards which can be used by all of the community. If you can’t find the right set for your course, you can create a new batch from scratch that’ll be available for anyone to use in the future. Cards can include text, audio, and images, and can be compared to the study materials created by others that have taken the exact same course you’re in.
With the amount of love students have for writing-intensive courses that involve searching for and citing sources for their material, its a wonder that EasyBib has been successful. However, if you’re not the type to get an adrenaline rush from making sure you’ve properly cited your sources in MLA format, this is the app for you!
Like many utilities across the web, EasyBib takes a tedious task and simplifies it to the best of their ability, streamlining the citation process and saving you time and potentially a migraine. You can even instantly create citations that may not be already listed in their databases by using your phone’s camera to scan the barcode on any particular book, export your citations to send to yourself via email, and swap between over 7,000 citation styles.
One of the first major cloud-storage services, Dropbox offers 2GB of free space for basic accounts with many upgradeable options like 1TB for $8.25/month. As a student, the main reason to use Dropbox is simply to fileshare between your devices with ease. Simply upload the paper you wrote at the last minute to your Dropbox account and access it from the nearest university desktop with printing capabilities.
Additionally, you can share files with friends and family, including pictures and videos, much more easily by just producing a sharing a link to it in your Dropbox account, as well as backup your files without any action beyond setting up the feature.
5. Google Drive
Just like Dropbox, Google Drive is a cloud-storage service that provides easy access and sharing to your files. However, Drive offers its users more space for free, 5GB, and works seamlessly with all other Google applications such as Sheets, Docs, and Gmail.
We recommend using Drive alongside other cloud applications to keep your free storage maximized, particularly if you’re a college student who could otherwise spend that money on Starbucks, or Ramen.
While RealCalc is the best scientific calculator available on mobile devices, it is an Android exclusive and will likely not help when it comes exam time. However, most universities offer a service to rent out calculators for a specified amount of time, so this could be used under all other circumstances.
RealCalc operates identically to a real calculator including all standard functions, memory, unit conversions, and constants. You can even choose from different display modes and formatting to make those binary, octal, and hexadecimal calculations a little less headache-inducing.
An iOS exclusive, iStudiezPro is intended to organized academic life by sync all of your educational information in one place. Features include assignment lists, a planner, grade tracking, alarms and widgets, and integration with other technologies.
The app does a great job of organizing and alerting you as to when your next assignment is due, how you’re performing overall in your coursework, and what’s coming up next on your agenda for completion.
Do you enjoy taking notes? We hope so because that’s most of what you’ll be doing in college. That, and stressing out. Luckily, Evernote has expanded on typical note applications by adding much-needed additional features such as multi-device support, smart note search, and sharing with your peers.
Similarly to cloud storage apps included on this list, Evernote makes your notes accessible from any device, anywhere, and at any time to ensure that you have access to the notes for the test you forgot to study for, 5 minutes before it starts.
XMind is a mind-mapping application and a great one at that! Don’t know what a mind map is? Simply taking one idea and connecting your thought process with literal lines and by taking notes along the way. What makes XMind stand out among the competition, however, is that the app also includes cloud storage (are you seeing the trend here?) and synchronizes files across both Mac and Windows machines.
XMind maps can be presented in slide-format in order to more easily and logically share your ideas with your friends (if you have no friends, your cat may be interested). Maps may be easily exported to word or PDF formats in order to be used within larger assignments or projects.
If you like paying full price for textbooks only to sell them back for a third of what you paid, Chegg is the wrong app for you. If you’re more financially savvy and want to save the spare change you’ve been collecting all year, download Chegg and rent instead! Rentals cost significantly less than the full cost, and you usually will come out ahead of those who choose to buy and sell.
Be wary about buying all of your books before the semester begins. Some syllabi will list the books needed for the course, only for the professor to never use them once.